David San Filippo, President
Kathy Peno, President-Elect and Director-at-Large
Thomas Cox, Past President
Dr. Thomas D. Cox (Past president) is an associate professor of Higher Education and Policy Studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, USA. Previously, he founded the master’s degree program in adult and higher education at the University of Houston-Victoria, and is very active in researching the topics of adult learners within higher education contexts. He earned an Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education in 2004 from the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA. He is currently the President of the Adult Higher Education Alliance which is a USA organization with the mission of advancing adults within higher education institutions.
Tennille Lasker-Scott, Secretary
Dr. Lasker-Scott attended The University of Georgia’s Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy, earning a Ph.D. in Adult Education and a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Fellowship recipient. Aligned with her volunteer and mentoring efforts, Lasker-Scott researched the pursuits and perceptions of education within the low-income African American community. After the completion of her doctorate, Tennille decided to move back to her native state in hopes of providing a familiar and positive example of the importance of continuing education. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Studies at Arkansas Tech University, where she instructs courses in occupational globalization and diversity, research, non-profit organizations, and personnel management. Her research interests include mentoring first-generation and low-income students, social contexts of education, and examining educational barriers of adult learners.
Dr. Lasker-Scott serves on several committees within the university, on the board of The Adult Higher Education Alliance as the secretary, and has memberships in the American Educational Research Association, American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, and the Commission of Professors for Adult Education.
Jeff Aulgur, Treasurer
Carrie Boden-McGill, Director-at-Large
Dr. Boden-McGill is Professor of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State University. Dr. Boden-McGill served as Department Chair from 2012-2015, and before joining Texas State University, Dr. Boden-McGill worked extensively with undergraduate and graduate adult students in her roles as Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Master of Adult Education Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Associate Professor and Director of the Program for Adult College Education at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. In her spare time, Dr. Boden-McGill enjoys outdoor activities, live music, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Joann Olson, Director of Book Series
Joann S. Olson has been involved in various aspects of adult education throughout her career, including computer training and leadership development. She earned a master’s degree in Religious Education from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Penn State-University Park. Following graduate school, she spent two years coordinating faculty development for adjunct faculty teaching in an adult degree program that also offered several graduate-level programs. Currently, she is Assistant Professor and Advisor for an online Master’s degree program in adult and higher education at the University of Houston–Victoria. Her research interests focus on the intersection of higher education and adult learning, including the workplace learning of recent college graduates, staff and faculty development and learning within institutions of higher education, and the experiences of first-generation students (of all ages) in college and following graduation. Administratively, she has served as interim Program Coordinator, Director-at-Large of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education and VP of Membership for a writing guild.
Anne Montgomery, Director of Technology
Dr. Montgomery recently completed her degree from University of Phoenix in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Educational Technology. Her research interests are in Massive Open Online Course best practices and providing a better online experience for learners. She completed her Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Community Leadership with a specialization in Educational Technology from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Following Graduate School, she work for the School of Graduate Studies at Armstrong Atlantic State University as the Coordinator of Graduate Faculty Services and Sponsored Programs. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor for 15 years and owned her own business Compute @ Your Own Pace for 15 years prior to completing her Master’s program. She took over the Director of Technology position last year. She recently moved to Victorville, California and owns a tutoring business Learn @ Your Own Pace, and is currently looking for a full time position in a community college in the Victorville, San Bernardino area.
Lauren Murray-Lemon, Director of Membership
Matthew Lonam, 2017 Conference Chair